slath·​er | \ ˈsla-t͟hər \

Definition of slather 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a great quantity often used in plural


slathered; slathering\ ˈsla-​t͟hə-​riŋ , ˈslat͟h-​riŋ \

Definition of slather (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use or spend in a wasteful or lavish manner : squander
2a : to spread thickly or lavishly slathered sunscreen on her skin
b : to spread something thickly or lavishly on slathered her skin with sunscreen

Examples of slather in a Sentence


We ate lobster slathered with butter.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So make like Jolie and slather on some SPF (her immaculate complexion is nothing if calculated), grab your favorite shades, and welcome summer's last legs with lengths that are done-up and let down. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Brings Back the Hollywood Blowout," 27 Aug. 2018 When Jessica Alba first launched Honest Beauty back in 2015, there were a whopping 83 products to swipe, slather, and swatch. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "Jessica Alba: Why I'm Relaunching Honest Beauty," 27 June 2018 Water Street Brewery adds homemade stuffing to the meat mixture and slathers the entire thing with WSB Amber beer gravy and Wisconsin cranberry sauce. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sporkies 2018 finalists highlight everything fried, delicious and totally weird at the Wisconsin State Fair," 18 June 2018 So slather on the sunscreen, sink your toes into the sand or soft grass, and dig in to these new books. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "What to Read This Summer," 14 June 2018 The resulting slather is truly unique, worthy of the wings wearing it. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "10 of our favorite chicken wing spots in Chicago," 30 Apr. 2018 Curry on Fire’s cauliflower is a nuclear orange and crimson hue, the result of slather of turmeric and chili paste. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Worth a trip: Manchurian Cauliflower from Curry on Fire," 15 Nov. 2017 So slather on the sunblock and consider keeping your window shade down. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "5 Beauty Secrets of Flight Attendants," 8 June 2017 Then add a generous slather of barbecue sauce and three half-pound smoked hamburger patties. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Ultimate Destroyer: This KC BBQ sandwich made USA Today's list of 'ginormous' foods | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Amid all this, more people started slathering it all over themselves, using it as a hair mask and moisturizer. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How coconut oil went from health food to “poison”," 23 Aug. 2018 Like the peace walls in Belfast, the Lennon Wall in Prague is slathered in graffiti and ideas about peace, love and freedom. Rick Stevestribune Content Agency, The Seattle Times, "In Europe’s border walls, a divided history and a united future," 11 Sep. 2018 He's even slathered his face with Glamglow's #Glittermask. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Ansel Elgort Shares His Simple Skin-Care Routine and Appreciation for BTS Makeup," 25 Aug. 2018 In the video, the car is slathered in mud and obscured by the cloudy green water, its trunk popped open. Steve Annear,, "Chicopee police pull Mercedes from river — 3 months after driver ‘blacked out,’ forgot where he left it," 9 July 2018 The hip cafe is probably most famous for its brioche toast, which is sold slathered with ricotta and homemade jam. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "I Add Jam to Tons of Recipes, and You Should, Too," 11 May 2018 Thoughtful Touches Gone are the days of slathering on globs of oil and laying out to catch rays—this is a party for adults, after all. ELLE Decor, "Now *This* Is How You Throw a Grown-Up Pool Party," 6 July 2018 Particle board is a cheap, common furniture construction that takes waste scraps of wood, slathers them in glue, and binds them into blocks. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips to Help You Move Like a Pro," 11 July 2018 Leave it to Beyoncé to slather on some moisturizer, body oil, and lip balm to get totally camera-ready. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Shares On the Run II Photoshoot Skincare Routine," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of slather


1843, in the meaning defined above


1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of slather

: to cover (something) with a thick layer of a liquid, cream, etc.

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